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Portrait. A Hero of Our Time


Series, 3rd place
Gianluca always had problems with certain letters in writing, and his family didn’t know how to help. He started speech therapy at the age of 7, and the theater took care of the rest, improving his spatial sense and coordination, and helping him overcome emotional insecurities.
Martina is an educator for people with disabilities. She started talking late, and at school she was viewed as a lazy and bad student. But she managed to graduate with honors and now brings her experience to TV and newspapers.
Michela, like some dyslexic people, excels when it comes to precision and order.
Fencing is one of the best sports for dyslexia. It fosters attention, coordination, and teamwork.
Francesca is a cellist. She struggled in school, failing out twice. But her difficulties weren’t recognized as dyslexia, which was later diagnosed. She says that many musicians are dyslexic but hide their difficulty reading sheet music for fear of discrimination.
Help in school
A social cooperative that supports people with dyslexia to organize their schoolwork and overcome difficulties.
Piero Crispiani
Piero Crispiani is a university professor and director of the International Center for Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. He is the creator of the Crispiani method for diagnosing and treating dyslexia with educational techniques. In the photo he is testing a tool used to evaluate and treat the coordination of dyslexics.
Maria Sole and Alessandro are partners both in work and in life. They are psychologists and use neurofeedback to treat attention difficulties in dyslexic patients. It is a scientifically supported methodology using electroencephalogram (EEG) that promotes better psychophysiological self-regulation.
Myself, my mother and my brother
I started speaking in an understandable way between the ages of 6 and 7. The first diagnosis of dyslexia arrived around age 12. I’ve compensated with music and photography. I always had difficulties in school, but was supported through the Fine Arts Academy by my mother who always understood me because she too was dyslexic and remembered how hard school was for her, before things got better at university. Today she is a school principal and my brother, who is dyspraxic, has difficulty in school and with executive functions, but doing triathlons helps him.
Mirko had a tough time in school in his day. But he has found himself in his relationship with animals and nature.
Davide and Belen
Siblings Davide and Belen compensated for the typical difficulties of dyslexia with boxing and hip hop respectively.
Noemi, diagnosed as dyslexic in her first few years of school, is grateful to her mother for getting involved in national associations of parents of dyslexic children. She has overcome the challenges encountered in school through the help of music and caring for her pony.

Dyslexic people are often labeled as listless, inattentive and lazy; the experience, however, does not confirm this prejudice. “Dyslexia” comes from the Greek where “dys” means missing and “lexis” language. Dyslexia is not a weakness, it’s a condition, a disorder. It interferes with reading, writing, and counting, resulting in learning difficulties. With the help of compensatory strategies, dyslexic people can overcome the frustration that accompanies their experience and go on to great thing. Prominent dyslexics include Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Agatha Christie, Pablo Picasso, Magic Johnson, Jennifer Aniston and many others. With the right guidance, people with dyslexia can succeed in any sphere: the arts, sports, languages, social professions, science, nature. Or even photography, as in my case.

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